Division of Cowan

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Cowan 2010.png
Division of Cowan (green) in Western Australia
Created 1984
MP Luke Simpkins
Party Liberal
Namesake Edith Cowan
Electors 95,477 (2013)
Area 180 km2 (69.5 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

The Division of Cowan is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. The division was created in 1984 and is named for Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament. It is located in the northern suburbs of Perth, including the suburbs of Girrawheen, Greenwood, Kingsley, Landsdale, Woodvale and Marangaroo. It is a marginal seat, changing hands between the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party. At the 2007 election, the retirement of popular sitting member Graham Edwards made Cowan a key seat. Liberal candidate Luke Simpkins narrowly defeated Labor candidate Liz Prime.


Member Party Term
  Carolyn Jakobsen Labor 1984–1993
  Richard Evans Liberal 1993–1998
  Graham Edwards Labor 1998–2007
  Luke Simpkins Liberal 2007–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Cowan
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Luke Simpkins 41,849 49.59 −0.47
Labor Tristan Cockman 27,248 32.29 −0.16
Greens Adam Collins 6,677 7.91 −4.62
Palmer United Vimal Sharma 4,501 5.33 +5.33
Christians David Kingston 1,802 2.14 +2.14
Family First Che Tam Nguyen 1,442 1.71 −0.65
Rise Up Australia Sheila Mundy 869 1.03 +1.03
Total formal votes 84,388 94.90 +0.02
Informal votes 4,536 5.10 −0.02
Turnout 88,924 93.09 −1.14
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Luke Simpkins 48,487 57.46 +1.17
Labor Tristan Cockman 35,901 42.54 −1.17
Liberal hold Swing +1.17


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Coordinates: 31°46′55″S 115°50′46″E / 31.782°S 115.846°E / -31.782; 115.846